Yama Rising


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The youthful Qin Ye was born almost a century ago, but thanks to immortality granted to him by the ‘fungus of aeons’ he can pass for a high schooler.

He planned to live an eternal, reclusive life as a happy otaku, enjoying World of Warcraft and his favorite MOBA games, but Fate had other plans in store.

Hell has broken down, and vengeful revenants stalk the mortal realms. With ghosts running amock throughout all of Cathay, Qin Ye must reluctantly adopt the mantle of ‘hero’ and bring peace to both the living and the dead, while rebuilding Hell.

But this, of course, isn’t something a mere Netherworld Operative can do. For that, he’ll need to become more.

King Yama is dead. Long live King Yama!

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New ahumbleshopkeeper rated it
January 4, 2022
Status: --
The intricate worldbuilding hooked me in and kept me invested for a while, enough to ignore Yama Rising's many faults even as red flags kept piling up. However, this novel has broken has me.

I just barely managed to look past

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one of the main female characters being turned into a s*x doll, which was a Herculean effort, mind you


Because obviously the author has trouble writing and respecting his own female characters. I knew this pretty early on. It's a common problem with male writers (and plenty of female writers), so honestly, despite it being a pet peeve, I usually ignore it if the story is entertaining enough to make up for it. Especially if there is no romance, so I am not expected to care about these poorly written women.

Yama Rising achieved this by the skin of its teeth, but unfortunately, it couldn't last.

If you're not going to respect your female characters, then you at least have to let your main character be Cool. Not always! He's not that kind of protagonist. This isn't that kind of story.

... But never?

I dropped this like it was hot the moment the MC


got defeated in one punch after finally establishing some credibility and gaining some recognition.


If MC is going to be made a laughing stock 99% of the story, then it's not for me. The Cool Factor is pretty much the only thing giving me any semblance of joy in novels like this, and Yama Rising refuses to deliver. This is a juvenile reason to dislike a novel, I'm well aware. You don't have to agree with me. I'm being unreasonable. I'm just hurting YR the way it hurt me.


A s*x doll. I made myself ignore the s*x doll only to get slapped in the face for my naïveté, my childish hope, my belief in there being some good in this cruel world.

Et tu, Yama Rising?

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Reise rated it
August 20, 2020
Status: c60
A really good novel that successfully combines its horror elements with its cultivation aspects. The author is clearly ambitious when he planned the story as you can see the grand scale of the world and its plot.

The novel is unpredictable and the author doesn’t shy on the idea of killing off the characters that appear in the novel. Characters are not some arrogant young masters whose sole purpose is to piss off MC. Here we have genuine characters with their own goals and ambitions. They are not s*upid and can... more>> see the gist of things.

Author also references lots of famous games, anime and some movies in the novel. Translation quality is assured as it is translated by WuxiaWorld and most translators there really studies the novel and its references and explain it to us in their notes.

MC is not over powered. Here we have an MC that uses his brain and clearly knows his limits. Just by reading the novel, you get the sense of how hard the MC’s mission is and cant help but wonder just how on earth is he even going to accomplish that.

Overall the potential of the novel is really great and hope that the author would be able to pull off his ambition for this novel! <<less
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Stop staring at my username rated it
June 24, 2021
Status: c350
I give it three stars even though it's good.

A well thought out novel written by an author who is detailed and has done much research. The characters written are fleshed out and you can see how they grow. People that prefer fast power ups or overpowered main characters may not like this novel.

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At the beginning of the story, Qin Ye is someone who spends his time in the shadows due to his immortality, he does not cultivate much; staying lowkey helped him survive. You can see that he is smart and a little crafty. As the story progresses, he starts running away less and choosing to face things head on due to his feelings of belonging to hell and its citizens.

The author also pays attention to details that most novels might gloss over in kingdom building, for example, when Qin Ye had to start circulating money in hell, his team had no knowledge about the type of special paper needed so that the notes won't get worn out from so many people touching them. Other novels might talk about anti-forging methods but I think not many mention the type of paper used to print money, which are national secrets.

The main character is relatable in the sense that he is not overpowered/ all-knowing, for example, he was unable to draft out city plans because it is so complicated (building structure, roads, electricity lines, sewage system etc) and needed the help of professionals. The villains are also fleshed out with their own goals and motives.


However, despite all the positive things I've said about this novel, what took away the two stars are the nationalistic sentiments, especially since they were directed at current world events. While I've read quite a number of Chinese and Korean novels with nationalism, they generally do not affect my overall enjoyment of the novel. Not for this novel though. In most novels, nationalism is expressed in made up events, historical events or as a short part of the story. This gives me a sense of disconnect so that I am able to gloss over the nationalism. However, in this novel, it is expressed in relation to current events and furthermore, as an integral part of the plot. This makes it hard for me to brush it aside and treat it as just a fantasy novel.

Honestly, I'm not sure how many readers are aware that the things happening in the story are referring to Chinese foreign and political affairs in reality. Maybe the author was trying to be relatable by using current affairs as he did for celebrities and entertainment but his take on them, especially later into the novel is heavily subjective.


In the beginning, as other reviews have already mentioned, there is emphasis on China's hell being the best. I think it's quite normal for authors to want their countries to be the best (seen in many Korean novels) so I'm fine with that. Wanting to conquer Japan can be attributed to past grudges from the Japanese occupation.

However, as we progress further into the novel it becomes obvious that the author was constantly taking jabs at current events. Examples: Taiwan's hell is mentioned as resisting reunification and spending on the military, referring to their current conflict with the mainland. Then there was a line: [For instance, whenever Usonia wanted to secure a greater measure of benefit for themselves, they would always fire off a round of sanctions and brandish their military might to the world....]
This is obviously talking about the US sanctions in the US-China trade war which was actually also mentioned in the novel. However, these were usually one-liners across every couple of chapters so I overlooked it.

The last straw was the feudal lords arc, an important part of the novel's plot, alluding to the South and East China Seas conflict. In general, the ones who oppose Qin Ye, 'ingrates', are the countries disputing the seas or having tensions with China (Korea, some SEA states etc), the neutral, 'opportunists', feudal lords are the countries who are mediators with neutral stances in the actual conflicts (Singapore and Malaysia) and then the rest who side with him are China's political allies (eg Laos supported China's HK security law). At this point of time, I realised that this was way too much of a coincidence and it seems like the author has purposely grouped them this way.


It makes me very uncomfortable reading what I thought was a fantasy novel referencing so much of today's events. It feels like the novel has become more like a platform for the author to express his nationalistic views and I have to take in all of that without the sense of disconnect if the events were made up.


Like, what Qin Ye feels about the different feudal lords would have originally just been how the MC views people who oppose him (which I would be totally fine with) but now all I see is a biased view of countries not supporting China in the South and East China Seas disputes.


This makes me conflicted about whether I should continue reading the novel. This is a really long rant because I think it's such a pity; I really like the personality of the protagonist, the flow of the story, and how well the author manages to combine aspects of reality and cultivation... However, if you can take the nationalism, this novel is definitely worth a try. <<less
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November 12, 2020
Status: c225
The world building is excellent
Comedy is gold.
You either hate or like the character of the MC. Personally, I love him. He's refreshing compared to the standard "hardworking" 2D CN MC

Character development is gradual and it takes time for the MC to accept his role. I fully understand given the difficulty of the task...

The MC isn't a coward but pragmatic. He lived for a long time so if you wanna read about a hot blooded protagonist who face slap everyone, go check elsewhere.

Anyway, the only... more>> complaint I have is how there is a little bit of nationalism even in hell lmao

Like Cathay's (aka China) hell is the best underworld in the world

On what basis? Because they have the biggest population? What about India...

Anyway I don't see any good reason.


the MC thinks that emissaries of hell of other countries trying to steal talents from Cathay's underworld deserve death but I honestly don't think he would be against stealing THEIR talents for his hell

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SayMrrp rated it
February 18, 2021
Status: c744
Chapter 41 Review
I like this a lot! The worldbuilding is interesting, and I like how the author started the story. It's a rather fresh start. That said, it can be a little confusing at times. The novel's certainly got its own feeling though.

I like how the MC even acknowledges that he has different parts of himself. The MC's a pretty good one, I think. Not s*upid, but also has guts despite being very pragmatic. Also, great character development!

Overall, a very interesting and good start and a great world to... more>> explore.

Chapter 366 Review
Wow, this is absolutely underrated. This novel is definitely one of the best on WW right now.
*cough* At least in my opinion.

Sure there are small flaws, but the author's worldbuilding and attention to detail is incredible. The world's really unique. As the story progresses, we learn more and more about the world and the MC.

The MC's a complex character. He can be a bit cowardly at times, but deservedly since he's the underdog. If you ever get annoyed at how lame the MC is, just wait for character development. Sure, we get to learn more about MC's past and that lets us know more about him, but there is character development happening in the novel's present. Good character development.

The characters in the novel are great! Sure, you might be annoyed by some of them, but.... really in the important moments they come through. The author isn't afraid to kill off some people too; I cried when someone died. Also, the non-Chinese characters aren't disrespected that much. The author butchers some languages, I think, but nothing has been overtly racist.

Romance is hinted? But it's too early to tell if there's going to be anything.

Overall, 360 chapters might not seem that much, but the content conveyed in these chapter makes it feel like I've read 500 chapters. I really like this novel because it's unpredictable. The MC's strengths are slowly revealed, and the hype moments are really epic. The slow-build up to the explosion... noice. This novel is also pretty varied. It doesn't make you feel bored because there's something unexpected and interesting that pops up.

If you like worldbuilding/kingdom building and complex set of characters, try it! Also, the horror aspect isn't always present, so don't feel too scared if you're bad with horror (like me). There is quite a bit of killing though... :D

Ch. 744 Review
Still one of my WuxiaWorld faves! It's truly kingdom building at this point though, so if you're not a fan of that... try it maybe? The author is an expert at building hype, and there hasn't been a boring arc for me yet. Quite a bit of politics, but it's balanced by battles/other things. Also, the mental battles are pretty entertaining.

My current criticism: the way the author depicts women isn't the best? There hasn't been a lot of romance (would say almost none so far), but sometimes you can tell the author isn't fair to women lol Some generic female unnamed side characters were characterized as : "OMG MAKEUP ACCESSORIES FASHION GIMME." I feel like the author just doesn't know how to write female characters lol The two main female characters aren't written as well compared to the dudes. The MC's character/character development is superb though.

Also, people have dropped the novel due to nationalism, but I don't think it's that exaggerated. There is conflict with other countries (meaning you'd obviously support your own), but they've been treated just as defeated enemies, not ignorant barbarians or anything. I'd say this is a novel about the MC building his supernatural kingdom, meaning that nationalism is obviously included. Just the MC reigning supreme over the world as usual XD <<less
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nefird rated it
June 9, 2021
Status: c422
The story is giving to much information on the psychological reactions of the characters to the point I where I skim or even skip over chapters.

The same issue happens when they show the pov of people other than the MC dealing with ghosts.

How many different ways can the author write about someone being scared or shocked until it becomes boring ? How good can a story be if you have to skip over large chunks of it to keep reading ?

Additional it breaks immersion with 5-6 4th wall breaks in... more>> the first 250 chapters. If they are supposed to add comedy then they fail miserably for me <<less
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Valixiant rated it
October 30, 2021
Status: c270
I'm going to continue reading this, because theres barely any novels on this site that take themselves seriously enough to create a detailed universe thats both interesting and "realistic". Realistic in terms that in a fantasy world, I can see these things existing.

However, while this novel is good, it possesses a few flaws. First, the more obvious one, is how ridiculously repetitive this novel gets. Not only do they constantly copy and paste sentences to the point where I start questioning whether this was made by AI, but I can't... more>> help but notice that the rising action for virtually every scenario is exactly the same. The rising action in almost every scenario is basically this: A human or group of humans will discover a strong ghost. They will then become super afraid. They will then die. Further along in the novel, that same thing will be repeated, but after a regular human dies, they will show a slightly stronger human fight against said ghost, only to be on the losing side, then die. It wouldn't be terribly bad if they didn't make these situations thousands of words long, every time a strong ghost appears. It's irritating.

On that note, I don't think the problem of being slow is that bad. I enjoy some slow novels, especially when the universe is methodically thought out and interesting. That said, the author seems to have not wanted to use the obvious main character vs weak enemy as filler, and instead draw out the story with sheer repetitiveness. I constantly get waves of deja vu as I read this novel, especially during fight scenes.

Speaking of fight scenes, none of these are done quite that well. While I admit, there are some fight scenes that are fairly good, they all seem like they are missing something. That something would be the main character fighting back. The author doesn't really put out detailed fights whenever the main character is attacking. They will sum up the main characters attack in a few sentences, and it's pretty boring at times. Again, there are some exceptions.

Overall, I'm going to continue reading this simply because it's rare to get this type of story, atleast on this site, but the flaws are glaring enough that they might make me stop in the future. Solid 3/5. <<less
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NightBird68 rated it
June 3, 2021
Status: c1
in all nice idea for novel, but after you read a little you understand that she just empty all story centered around MC, no relationship or side chars, that you may really remember, very boring to read, still pity search something in this genre and was just dissapointed
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